The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

February 2, 2013

Wally Kennedy: Goodwill to reopen later this month

By Wally Kennedy
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — The good news is that Goodwill will reopen this month.

The bad news is that the opening is on the last day of the month.

Still, it’s welcome news to the people who include Goodwill in their shopping experience when they come to Joplin. There is a reason I just said that. I have had more calls asking about the opening date of this store from people who live outside of Joplin than from those who live inside the city.

I think Goodwill is a regional draw for Joplin. That makes the reopening a big deal.

Fixtures for the new store will arrive over the next few days, to be followed by floor planning and restocking. Everything in the old store was destroyed by the tornado, so everything in the new store will be new, or as new as donated items can be.

Nancy Webster, spokeswoman for Goodwill in Tulsa, Okla., said the donated items come from 24 donation sites within a territory of 25 counties in Oklahoma and two in Missouri — Jasper and Newton.

All of the donations are processed at the main Goodwill plant in Tulsa. They go from there to the 10 stores operated by Goodwill of Tulsa, including the stores in Joplin and Carthage.

Webster said, “We have been pulling things for Joplin for quite some time. You can’t fill a store with donations that you receive at one time.’’

Goodwill places some seasonal items in storage until the appropriate season is at hand.

The new store will have a drive-through for donations to be dropped off. The trailer will be gone.

There was some talk of closing the Carthage store when the Joplin store opened, but the Carthage store will remain open, Webster said.

New staff will be needed for the new store. You can pick up an application at the Carthage store or print off an application by visiting

Giveaways and specials are being planned in connection with the grand opening. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

New digs for veterinarians

Cornerstone Animal Hospital has relocated from the Southside Shopping Center to the southeast corner of East 44th Street and South Range Line Road.

Three veterinarians — Don Loden, Rebecca Conrad and Linda Scorse — are now in practice together to provide full care to small animals, including exotics. They do not do large animals.

Routine services are available along with alternative medicine treatments, such as acupuncture, laser therapy and herbal therapy.

Loden and Conrad have operated in Southside since 1988. Scorse had operated in Joplin Veterinary Hospital, 3526 E. Seventh St., since 1975. She became the sole proprietor in 1988. That hospital was started 61 years ago by Dr. Carl Clark.

Said Scorse: “We’ve known each other, shared cases and X-rays, and covered emergency calls for each other for 25 years. We thought our practices would fit well together. After 37 years, I was ready to slow down a little bit.’’

Scorse said this could be the first veterinary merger to take place in Joplin.

The veterinarians are using half of the 8,100-square-foot building. The front half is available as a rental space. Details: 417-623-3080.

Free pancakes

IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday at the IHOP restaurant at 2217 S. Range Line Road.

IHOPs across the country will serve free pancakes to help reach the company’s goal of raising $3 million this year for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Participating restaurants will offer free pancakes as a good-will gesture to inspire their guests to leave voluntary donations in support of the charity.

This is the eighth consecutive year IHOP restaurants have participated in National Pancake Day. Last year, the event raised more than $6,000 locally. All local donations benefit area children with medical needs.

If you have news about something happening on Range Line Road or Main Street, call 417-623-3480, ext. 7250; send an email to; or send a fax to Wally Kennedy at 417-623-8598.